Hawk Lifting Ltd specialise in the supply of lifting and handling equipment for all industry sectors. Our main product ranges include rigging, loose equipment and engineered items, such as lifting beams and frames which are generally designed for a specific application.

Hawk Lifting ensure the quality of products and services are of the highest standard and are manufactured in accordance with our BS EN ISO 9001:2015 Quality Systems. All our products comply with the latest relevant legislation and are issued with certification.

Please contact us to discuss your individual requirements and we will ensure you receive the most competitive quotation. Tel: 01226 718830 or email info@hawklifting.co.uk

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LEEA Members

LEEA Members

We are also proud long-term members of the Lifting Equipment Engineers’ Association (LEEA). Here is a bit about the LEEA

“The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) is established across the globe as the leading representative body for all those involved in the lifting industry worldwide.

We are the respected and authoritative representative body for our Members who work in every aspect of the industry, from design, manufacture, refurbishment and repair, through to the hire, maintenance and use of lifting equipment.

Our Association has played a key role in this specialised field for over seventy years, from training and standards setting through to health and safety, the provision of technical and legal advice, and the development of examination and licensing systems.

We represent our Members at the highest levels across a range of both public and private bodies, including various government departments, as well as nationally and internationally recognised professional and technical institutions.”

Find out more about the LEEA here.

In The Press…


The iconic image of the Olympic rings rising above the stadium at last year’s opening ceremony was made possible by hundreds of metres of black wire-rope manufactured by a growing Barnsley business.

Hawk Lifting, of Grimethorpe, is proud to have supplied lifting gear for the showpiece stunt through one of their high-profile clients, Stage One Creative Services Ltd of York.

“We were a small cog in a big wheel,” said director of Hawk Lifting David Nixon, “But it was exciting to be involved in such a huge national celebration and to try and spot our wire ropes on TV pulling up the Olympic rings – and the smoking chimneys – at the opening ceremony.”

Hawk Lifting, who design, manufacture, supply and inspect a wide range of lifting gear and rigging equipment including chains, slings, wire ropes, lifting beams and cranes, expect to reach a £1 million turnover this year.

David and co-director Barrie Johnson set up the business six years ago and the company has grown rapidly thanks to quickly securing sales through a growing number of customers working in diverse sectors.

Hawk Lifting has designed crane beams for Morrisons supermarket food production lines; inspected complex roof structures at the FA’s Burton-on-Trent National Football Centre: and, through Stage One again, designed the hooks and lines needed to enable life-size dinosaurs to move their heads and acrobats to perform hundreds of feet above the ground, in world-touring shows, Walking with Dinosaurs and Cirque de Soleil’s Zarkana.

Their diverse 400-strong client list includes Outokumpu, Foregemasters and the Royal National Theatre. They supply the off-shore market with many contracts for lifting equipment on oil rigs and have a high count of buyers in Scotland.

Exports to customers in India, New Zealand, Gibraltar and Libya also represent a growing part of their business. They’ve even supplied a couple of winches to a sultan’s yacht.

David said: “We’ve surprised ourselves how quickly we’ve grown and gained clients. People have sought us out. Barrie and I have known each other for years and we started our own business in Barrie’s garage in 2007. On the back of a very detailed business plan, we finalised our growth targets over a pint. But we very quickly outgrew the garage and blew our projections out of the water.”

David and Barrie, who have over 50 years of experience in engineering between them, now have a 4,000 square foot manufacturing facility at Spring Park industrial estate, Grimethorpe, and employ a workforce of eight.

They have just invested £100,000 in specialist machinery to enable them to manufacture more of their own bespoke engineered and wire rope products and recruited an in-house design engineer, which means they are able to take on more design and build commissions to meet clients’ specific needs.

The company is now being helped to expand further by the Enterprising Barnsley programme which supports high-growth businesses in the borough.

Hawk Lifting’s ambition is to double turnover in the next three years and recruit four more engineers.

Enterprising Barnsley Business Development Manager John Heckingbottom said: “Hawk Lifting has grown organically so far and very quickly become the go-to business for many buyers in the ‘below the hook’ market.

“We are now working with them on a co-ordinated business development and marketing strategy to help maximise the company’s return on investment in its workshop and workforce and manage further sustainable growth.

“It’s great to see a Barnsley SME building its reputation as a specialist manufacturer and supplier to national and international clients.”

The Enterprising Barnsley programme is delivered by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council.

Enterprising Barnsley is supported financially by the European Union and has attracted £2,259,511 investment from the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe’s support for the region’s economic development, through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme. Enterprising Barnsley aims to support Barnsley-based businesses with growth potential.

Hawk Lifting’s manufactured goods are certified to high standards of quality and safety and the company is also a UK distributor of prestige brands such as Crosby, Camlok, Tractel and Yale.

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Image and article courtesy of Enterprising Barnsley